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Victory will be hunted: Broxham

  • Victory will be hunted: Broxham

Melbourne Victory vice-captain Leigh Broxham says the A-League champions know they'll be hunted by every opponent as they look to add further silverware to the club's trophy cabinet.

A bumper five-figure crowd has been predicted for Tuesday night when Victory return to the scene of their grand final triumph at AAMI Park, this time against traditional rivals Adelaide United in an FFA Cup quarter-final.

But while others target Victory, the reigning champs are gunning for the Cup.

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Broxham says the playing group identified the FFA Cup for their next success after their championship success.

"It's something we targeted when we came back on day one of the pre-season," he said on Monday.

"A win tomorrow night will take us a step closer.

"How often do you get three wins away from a trophy? It's very much there and very much something we can obtain."

The difficulty for Victory comes with their championship status, which Broxham says will push every other team on just that little bit extra.

Broxham said Victory players know they'll have a "cross on our back and on our front now as well."

"We'll be the hunted," he said.

"Ask anyone, they'll always want to be beat us, especially at AAMI Park."

Visitors United will be without striker Bruce Djite, ruled out by coach Guillermo Amor.

The pulling power of Victory combined with the visit of Adelaide could see a new FFA Cup attendance record on Tuesday night.

Victory have more than 23,000 members signed up for the season ahead, with organisers predicting the turnout could be over 15,000 for the match.

Last season's final, won by hosts Adelaide over Perth Glory, attracted 16,142 to Coopers Stadium.

Hume City host Oakleigh Cannons in Tuesday night's other quarter-final.

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